John Paterno Mixing Steve Gadd Band


02h 02min


Watch as Grammy-winning engineer John Paterno mixes Steve Gadd Band's track Green Foam from scratch. Being both the recording and mixing engineer on this project, John shares his insights on the tracking process and how to add more color and energy in the mix.

In this 2 hour tutorial, John teaches you how to creatively bring an instrumental blues song to life with a very thoughtful and deliberate mix. The beauty of this song is its simplicity, it's 5 of LA's best session players jamming out in a basement studio. 

See how he works step by step and shows you how to:

  • Create a musical, intelligible and unique sounding mix with some of the best musicians in the world 
  • Check and correct phase between drum mics then finding the balance for a natural sounding drum kit
  • Enhance the tone and musical qualities of the bass
  • Give space and life to the guitars and keyboards
  • Make space for each instrument to be heard clearly in the mix 
  • Add just the right amount of compression and Eq to a jazz mix that thrives on dynamics
  • Mentally balance between the best qualities and vibe of the rough mix and the freedom to sonically explore during the mixing process without getting lost in the possibilities 

This is your chance to see how a professional mixing engineer uses his experience and taste to create a great and modern sounding jazz mix.

The best part is that you can also download the partial stems for the song and mix it for yourself. Put your skills to the test and apply some of your new found techniques.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • UA 1176
  • UA LA3A
  • UA API 550A
  • UA AMS RMX16
  • UA EMT 140
  • UA API 560
  • UA Ampex ATR-102
  • McDSP AE400
  • McDSP Filter Bank E606
  • Altiverb
  • Massey L2007 Mastering Limiter
  • Soundtoys Radiator
  • Elysia mPressor
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John Paterno

John moved to Los Angeles two weeks after graduation from the University of Miami MUE [Music Engineering] program. A short period of freelance assisting concluded with a staff position at Sunset Sound/Sound Factory in Hollywood, where for five years he was exposed to many great engineers, producers, and artists.

After breaking out of assisting, John worked with a wide range of producers including Mitchell Froom, Joe Chiccarelli, Byron Gallimore, Celso Valli, and Stephen Duffy. He won a Latin Grammy for his work with artist/producer Soraya.

In addition, John has produced or co-produced projects for The Black Mollys, Mitchell Froom, Lustra, Robbie Williams, The Lilac Time, and many other artists. He has also co-written songs with artists and has written pieces for TV and film.

John is also known to be an outstanding guitar player, and has mastered the craft of recording this instrument.

Check out his videos on PureMix to see how his meticulous approach makes for detailed and punchy mixes.


Robbie Williams

The Steve Gadd Band


Robben Ford

Eros Ramazzotti

The Thrills

Featured Artists and Musics

Steve Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry, recognized by his induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1984. He has worked with popular musicians from many genres, including Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Grover Washington Jr., Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, and Al Di Meola.

  • Green Foam

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2019 Dec 25
I wish this guy was my son.
2019 Dec 25
I wish he was my son.
2019 Dec 23
I wish this guy was my dad.
2018 Nov 18
Thanks for the comments Harbor Lighthouse. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
2018 Nov 17
Learned a ton in here. Great to see the difference mix approach as compared to a standard pop mix! Guitar tone is killer. And love the sound of those drums!
2018 Oct 23
A classy gentleman with a lot of good knowledge to share. Thank you, sir :)
Highlands Recording Arts
2018 Apr 12
John, I absolutely adore this! Learning so much from you, and I feel like I'm working on a Donald Fagan/Steely Dan mix - which is an added benefit. My Pro membership is worth its weight in gold!!
2017 Jul 03
I like your style Paterno!
2017 Apr 18
Hi John, lovely tutorial!! Thank you! ... I'm wondering is it possible that exported tracks might have been mixed down with other elements? I'm on Low tom track and strongest transient there is coming from the snare (4:07) and waveform also looks different than in your Pro Tools session ... there has been two downloads of multitrack session, but they seemed the same ...
2017 Mar 30
Hi Darren -- Thanks for the comments! Track numbers. It is an option to have ProTools number the tracks for me. Since I almost never use the mixer window in PT, I use the option because it makes navigating the session a little easier, especially when working with small track views. Cheers, John
2017 Mar 29
Hi john, Great video, i know this album well and it's awesome to see your work on this track. I've noticed a lot of engineers number their tracks '1,2,3,4' . Is there any work flow reason behind this? Best wishes, Darren
2017 Mar 17
Problemas n legenda em espanhol part 2 25:00
2017 Feb 14
Really enjoyed Part 1 but I can't seem to play Part 2.
2017 Jan 24
Funny, that an actual hardware RMX 16 is sitting right behind him :-)
2017 Jan 19
Thx for this tutorial ! To me, the lesson would be: sometimes less is more. Not mutch tweaking actually. It's good to hear some breathing music. Good job !
2017 Jan 17
Nice subtle additions, I really enjoyed the use of different reverbs to create dimension in the mix. Great tutorial as always PM:)
2017 Jan 16
@DrG - thanks for your comments. If you have questions, you can post on the PureMix FaceBook group and I will try to answer them...
2017 Jan 15
This is really excellent. I have a small home studio with PT and I do all instrumental music working completely solo so this is much more applicable to my work. JP is pretty fast with the PT shortcuts so there were a few things that were hard for me to follow, but I also learned many things that I have been trying to figure out for some time. I will be watching this more than once and would like to see more content like this. Grazie PureMix, Doc.
2017 Jan 14
This was great. How about more jazz, blues and classic rock into tutorials.
2017 Jan 13
Wow!! Thank you for the incredible lesson !!!
2017 Jan 11
Great! Mixing Jazz, so cool! Thank you for sharing your talent John.
2017 Jan 11
Question: What are the meters in ProTools set to?
2017 Jan 10
it was a great lesson! i learnd a lot, thanks fot the tips john!
2017 Jan 09
Thanks John!
2017 Jan 09
Great!!! Steve gadd band finally!